June 2017 Membership Perks

This month, receive a complimentary on-site consultation with an architect for the house or apartment renovation of your dreams, courtesy of Standing Architecture.

Free tickets to Suzanna Ross A Little Love, A Little Amour concert at the Metropolitan Room when you spend $25 on food and drink. Tickets are limited.

Receive over 35% off tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong, which runs through November 19.

To request discount codes or for more information about how to redeem any of the offers below, please email hello@stgeorgessociety.org

Standing Architecture

From comprehensive to consulting services Standing Architecture LLC will provide architectural design, planning, interior design and lighting design. The practice has developed excellent working relationships with designers, structural & MEP engineers, general contractors and expediters.

Receive a complimentary on-site consultation with an architect for the house or apartment renovation of your dreams, courtesy of Standing Architecture.

Date: Ongoing


Special Offer: Complimentary on-site architect consultation

Suzanna Ross A Little Love, A Little Amour concert at the Metropolitan Room

Suzanna Ross will be singing a repeat performance of A Little Love, A Little Amour. Combining old-style romance with contemporary flair, Suzanna will cover songs from the American, French, and British songbooks. She is known for a warm, sometimes smoky, sometimes poetic sound that lends itself to lush melodies and lyrics sung in both English and French.

The songs include American tunes, French classics, 60s and 70s pop, and movie favorites from the lists of Diana Krall, Sting, Edith Piaf, British pop legend Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach, Michel Legrand, French pop legend Francoise Hardy, and more. She will be accompanied by her quartet of musicians from the New York City and European scenes. The tightly knit band moves easily from jazz, to pop, to ballads, and includes piano, bass, sax, and drums.

Date: July 6. 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
Venue: Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Special Offer: Free tickets when you spend $25 on food and drink. Tickets are limited.

Drive Data Recovery

Drive Data Recovery is the nation’s leader in data recovery services with a network of 73 facilities staffed with expert technicians dedicated to helping you get your life back on track when you think your data is lost forever. They are experts in recovering data from desktop/laptop hard drives and SSD’s, RAID arrays, servers, mobile phones, tablets and USB storage devices.

In addition to their standard no-cost evaluation/diagnostic service, St. George’s Society members will receive a 15% discount on data recovery services.

Date: Ongoing

Phone: 1-866-315-3282
Special Offer: 15% discount on data recovery services

The Play That Goes Wrong
Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG “A GUT-BUSTING HIT!” and The Huffington Post says, “THIS IS THE FUNNIEST PLAY BROADWAY HAS EVER SEEN!” Winner of the Olivier Award for BEST NEW COMEDY, this sidesplitting show-within-a-show is a classic murder mystery chock-full of mishaps and more madcap mania than a Monty Python marathon!

Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s bedlam beyond Broadway’s wildest nightmare and “A RIOTOUS EXPLOSION OF COMEDY!” (The Daily Beast).

Date: Through November 19
Venue: Lyceum Theatre Broadway, 149 West 45th Street

Special Offer: Over 35% off tickets

Brits Off Broadway Festival 2017

59E59 Theaters is the number one Off-Broadway destination in New York City and hosts the annual Brits Off Broadway festival when the best of British theater comes to New York in a veritable feast of new work never before seen in the US!

St. George’s Society members can register for FREE membership (worth $59.59) with 59E59 Theaters and enjoy discounts on tickets to more than 40 productions, all year long, including Brits Off Broadway shows as well as a 15% discount at selected local restaurants and $15 parking with your member ticket stub on the day of show.

Date: April 4 – July 2
Venue: 59E59 Theaters, New York
Website: http://www.59e59.org/
Special Offer: Free membership worth $59.59

From Dickens to Downton: Victorian and Edwardian Food by Carl Raymond

From Dickens to Downton: Victorian and Edwardian Food by Carl RaymondFrom Dickens to Downton is a journey through British food and dining traditions from the mid 19th century through to the 20th century. Beginning with a look at food references in Dickens which helped establish some of Britain’s most cherished culinary traditions all the way thorough the world of town and country houses known to lovers of Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs, as well as Gosford Park, this talk will take a look at culinary traditions upstairs and downstairs, inside and outside the house. Carl Raymond will lead the audience on a tour of some classic dishes and discuss their background, how they were prepared and served. In addition, he will discuss trends and influences in eating and entertaining from the Industrial Revolution to World War I.

Date: June 15, 6:30pm
Venue: The English-Speaking Union, NYC
Website: https://www.esuus.org/newyork/about/Dickens-to-Downton/
Special Offer: $25 tickets for St. George’s Society members (saving $10)

Updates from our Scholarship Committee

Dear Members & Friends of St. George’s Society,

As the Chairman of the Society’s Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to share some wonderful news and updates about our Scholarship Program.

Our 2016 scholarship recipients will graduate from Lehman College today. These 25 students have obtained degrees spanning a variety of fields including Biology, Accounting, Nursing and Psychology. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments and wish them many congratulations as they embark on their next journey.

Since the program was launched in 2008, we have awarded more than 250 scholarships, totaling over $720,000 and in 2013, St. George’s Society became Lehman College’s largest benefactor.

As we approach the program’s 10-year anniversary in 2018, we are excited to also welcome students from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York. This expansion of the program provides access to education for more students who lack the financial means to complete their studies.

The Scholarship Committee will select the recipients for the 2017-18 academic year this July. Thank you for your continued support for the Society’s efforts to enrich the lives of individuals and families in the British and Commonwealth community in New York.


Warm Regards,

Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill CBE
Chairman, Scholarship Committee

Take Action with St. George’s Society!


For 247 years, our community has joined together to act as a force of good for people in need – providing college students with funding to complete their education, to aiding the elderly in distress. Whether it be at the end of life, beginning of life, or all points in between – St. George’s provides relief for those who need it most.

We’re asking you to take action and help expand the impact St. George’s has on those in need. Join our Community Fundraising Initiative! We’ll work with you to plan an event, create a campaign, or develop donor appeals to help raise funds for our charitable programs. We are with you 100% of the way!

Here are some ideas for you from members taking action in the past:

1. Create a St. George’s team to participate in any of the 5K runs or challenges that take place throughout the tri-state area.

2. Host a brunch or dinner to gather community members, friends, and family for a cause. Cheers to making a difference!

3. Or take it outside and invite family and friends for a picnic – It’s summertime! 

4. Feeling creative? Work alongside the St. George’s team to plan a fun group activity, like the Summer Family Scavenger Hunt throughout Manhattan!

For the elderly individuals in our Beneficiary Program, Scholarship Program recipients, and families in our Emergency Grants Program, every dollar counts towards ensuring the support they receive from St. George’s Society. Our Community Fundraising Initiative allows you the opportunity to help make a direct impact in our community.

Download our charity fact sheet for more information on the impact St. George’s Society has in our community!

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our Event Manager, Eliane Abou-Assi at eliane@stgeorgessociety.org.


British-American Societies’ Garden Party

We are delighted to invite you and your friends to the
New York British-American Societies’ Annual Summer Garden Party!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 6-8:30pm
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway (at West 121st Street)

Enjoy a full open bar, a featured Pimm’s bar, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Tickets are $60. Purchase online HERE.

For any questions, please contact us at hello@stgeorgessociety.org.


The American Friends of the Georgian Group • American-Scottish Foundation • The Anglosphere Society • British American Project • British Schools & Universities Club • CantabNYC • The Colonial Dames of America • Daughters of the British Empire in the State of New York • English-Speaking Union of the United States • Historic Royal Palaces • Mountbatten Institute • New England Society of the City of New York • New York Caledonian Club • The Order of St. John • The Pilgrims of the United States • Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden • The Royal Oak Foundation • Royal Society of Arts US • Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York • Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York • Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New York • St. David’s Society of the State of New York • St. George’s Society of New York

English Ball 2017

St. George’s Society of New York hosted its annual gala, the English Ball, on 3 May at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City.

Natalie T. Pray and Antonia Romeo

This year, the Society honored two remarkable women for their impact on the Anglo-American community on both sides of the Atlantic: Natalie T. Pray, noted philanthropist and the first and only female President in the Society’s 247-year history, and Antonia Romeo, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade.

In addition to celebrating the outstanding achievements of the honorees, the Society held a “Fund-A-Scholar” auction conducted by Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s. The auction raised over $90,000 for the Scholarship Program, allowing the Society to continue providing support for well-deserving students.

Preceding the auction, 2016 scholar, Sana, spoke about her journey from Pakistan to Lehman College, and how her scholarship has allowed her to get a step closer to her goal of becoming a cardiac surgeon. She shared with attendees:


Sana, 2016 scholar

Education is something I believe everyone should have access to. I hope to inspire future generations to pursue their dreams, no matter what barriers they may face.

In entering my senior year, I thank St. George’s Society and their supporters for believing in me and providing me with the stepping-stone to becoming a cardiac surgeon.

I know I speak for all of [the scholars] when I express my most sincere gratitude and tell you that this program has changed our lives.

On behalf of the scholars and St. George’s Society, thank you for your support.

View photos from the evening.

2016 Scholarship Recipients

Meet a Scholar: Rintu

St. George’s Society established a Scholarship Program for British and Commonwealth students at Lehman College in 2008.

Rintu is a 2016 recipient of the St. George’s Society Scholarship and looks forward to graduating this June. Born and raised in Bangladesh, he migrated to America five years ago to pursue undergraduate education.

He is currently a senior in Accounting at Lehman College, and his goal is to qualify as a CPA and teach accounting.

Rintu has worked in restaurants and data entry jobs to pay bills, striving to improve the standard of living for his family. Sadly, Rintu’s mother recently suffered a stroke and is now living with him so he can take care of her.

Rintu knows that to secure a stable future for his family, he needs to stay focused in school and achieve his career aspirations. Higher education has not always been an attainable dream, as his family’s income is limited.

St. George’s Society scholarship eases some of the financial burden, allowing Rintu to focus on his studies.

He says: “My lifetime goal is to improve myself and the standard of living for my family and community. With the assistance of St. George’s Society, Lehman College has helped me develop even higher goals than I ever could have imagined for myself.”